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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but thrilling enough to keep you hooked, 21 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Abducted (The Lizzy Gardner Series) (Paperback)
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Abducted is an OK thriller with enough pace and gore to draw you in and keep you hooked but; I can't say the plot's paritcularly original as it follows a tried and trusted formula:- girl is abducted = girl escapes = killer begins cat and mouse chase to hunt her down and finish the job. Throw in some spiders, because nobody likes them, make sure you set up the main character to be a PI, who just happens to teach self defence, and it's all becoming a little bit glib, convenient, and easy to work out. T. R. Ragan saves the novel because the psychological tension builds nicely throughout and you're gripped enough by what's going on to ignore some of the weaker aspects of the plot. My main criticism would be that there are too many coincidences, a boyfriend just happens to reappear after many years, and too many of the characters are related to Lizzy and to one another, it blurs the edges of reality and softens the sharpness. The best part of the novel is the character of Spiderman, serial killer, who's dark and brutal enough to grace the pages of any hard boiled thriller and real enough that I've remembered him without having to refer back to the book. I'm left feeling 50/50 about Abducted because it's extremely good in places, weak in others, but overall not a bad read. Tighter plotting would have made the concept more believable and lifted the novel to another level.
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